Asian Journal of Case Reports in Medicine and Health <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Asian Journal of Case Reports in Medicine and Health</strong> aims to publish case reports in the areas of medicine and health research.&nbsp;The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled,&nbsp;OPEN&nbsp;peer-reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.&nbsp;</p> en-US (Asian Journal of Case Reports in Medicine and Health) (Asian Journal of Case Reports in Medicine and Health) Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:04:52 +0000 OJS 60 Interstitial Nephritis as the Initial Presentation of Sjogren’s Syndrome: A Case Report with Review of Literature <p>Primary Sjögren’s syndrome is a rare autoimmune condition affecting the exocrine glands. However, extra-glandular manifestations are not uncommon and may present as the initial symptoms of this disorder. Such cases offer a great challenge to clinicians. Here we present a case of primary Sjögren’s syndrome, which presented with incidentally detected renal dysfunction which on investigation revealed distal renal tubular acidosis and tubulointerstitial nephritis. The patient responded to combined therapy of steroid and rituximab and is currently having a stable renal function.</p> Anirban Sen, Atanu Pal, Ankit Ray, Koushik Bhattacharjee, Dipankar Sircar, Arpita Ray Chaudhury, Debabrata Sen ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sat, 25 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Increased Arterial Stiffness in Moyamoya Disease Presenting with Hypertension and Stroke: A Novel Finding in a Very Rare Condition in Singapore <p>We present a rare case of a 42 year old lady who presented initially with hypertensive emergency and episodes of transient ischemic attacks who was later diagnosed to have Moyamoya disease (MMD). She continued to have hypertension after left external carotid-internal carotid bypass. We followed her case for evaluation of hypertension. She was found to have increased arterial stiffness on SphygmoCor. The prevalence of hypertension MMD is high, but most notably associated with renal artery stenosis (RAS). Case studies of hypertension in patients with MMD without RAS are rare. We did a literature search on the histopathology and genes involved in MMD. RNF213 and ACTA2 gene mutations are identified to be related to MMD. Interestingly, ACTA2 gene mutation carriers are seen to have a variety of vascular diseases. We postulate that the genes involved in causing intimal thickening and media attenuation of the intracranial vasculature seen in MMD exerts systemic implications. We think this could possibly present with increased arterial stiffness and hypertension. In summary, we would like to highlight increased arterial stiffness as a cause of hypertension in patients with MMD. We postulate that the underlying histopathological changes affecting Moyamoya vessels might also affect systemic blood vessels presenting as increased arterial stiffness.</p> Zhang Anyi Audrey, Han Huirong, Ray Lai Tian Rui, Ashish Anil Sule ##submission.copyrightStatement## Wed, 29 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0000 A Case of Megaloblastic Anaemia Complicated with Extra-Pulmonary Tuberculosis <p>Megaloblastic anaemia is known to cause elevated lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) levels due to increased cell turn over with ineffective erythropoiesis in the bone marrow, a laboratory parameter which can help in the diagnosis and monitoring the response to treatment with vitamin B12 and folate as well. Serum LDH level can get significantly elevated in many other non- neoplastic and neoplastic conditions as well, such as metastatic cancers, infections, haematological malignancies including lymphomas and conditions with haemolysis.&nbsp; Elevated LDH is considered as an independent predictor of mortality and a marker of major complications in hospitalized patients [1].</p> <p>This case is about a young man, a vegan who presented with features of megaloblastic anaemia,generalized lymphadenopathy, constitutional symptoms and a very high LDH level mimicking a diagnostic possibility of a high grade lymphoma, ultimately confirmed to have megaloblastic anaemia and tuberculous lymphadenitis, the latter was an unexpected finding of the lymph node biopsy done to exclude a lymphoma.</p> <p>His significantly high LDH level at diagnosis which declined dramatically in response to vitamin B12 replacement therapy, can be used as a supportive diagnostic tool and also to monitor the response to therapy in megaloblastic anaemia.</p> G. A. C. Gamakaranage, C. S. Moonesinghe, D. Gunawardena, S. Wijekoon, M. K. D. A. Lakmali, U. P. Edirisinghe ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 07 Oct 2021 00:00:00 +0000